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River Horse Tripel Horse - River Horse Brewing Co.

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480 Ratings

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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 6
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
River Horse Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: resirob on 11-23-2004)
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Photo of bennetj17
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%

Deep orange with plenty of haze, thick foam cap with nice retention. Citrus/coriander spiced nose with a touch on honey sweetness. I would say a decently inviting aroma.

The taste seems to be a bit sweet for the style, with a bready/cookie malt character thats semi-dry. The complex spiciness of a good Tripel really isn't there as this gets a bit one-dimensional. The alcohol doesn't appear too strongly in this beer. The carbonation is overly sharp at first, with the affect on the tongue almost prickling. This seems to affect the ability to discern the flavor. Thankfully this calms down a bit as it sits.

Overall I wasn't too impressed with this Tripel. You can do better...

bennetj17, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of tempest
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%

Shared a bottle with a friend and served the beer in a small goblet.

The body is a clear gold with a short white hed, all good so far. The aroma is a bit odd with fresh, cut apples with spice. The flavor has more of the apple with light clove with an odd malt sweetness that reminds me of extract beer. Still, the drinkability of this 10% brew is quite good. Unfortunately, the flavor doesn't make me want to continue.

tempest, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of thequeen711
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%

Drinkability of a 10% ABV brew...Highly likely!!! What more can be said. Nose had slight vanilla undertones and finishes quite dry. Since the higher ABV allows this brew to get better with age...let's see what happens when we keep this one for a few years to mature!!

thequeen711, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of matty
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%

Cloudy orange colored ale with a very slow fading head.Aroma is faint but kind of fruity.Taste is lemon,honey and butter.Although the abv is high it is well hidden.A decent job by River Horse.I will buy again and give their other products a try also!!

matty, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of williamherbert
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%

It's a massive puffy head. Clear and glassy but with some chunks of stuff floating inside. Half finger of head floats at the top. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

The thick head actually hides some of the smell. What it has is enough to give an idea of a spicy malt. A tad of chlorine.

The taste is roasted but sharp crystal malts with some caramel as well. Some strong alcohol bite. Really nice and mild otherwise. Doesn't fetishize the Belgian stuff.

The feel is smooth for a Belgian of any kind, especially one that's 10%. Buttery, honey feel. A very nice, deceptively easy drinking Belgian. Well done.

williamherbert, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of LunaChick
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%

I have very little experience with Belgian imports so I don't have a wide basis for comparison. I can say I did enjoy this beer.
It pours auburn with nice ruby tones. Aroma of alcohol warms the nose. Brandied fruits, spice--clove and anise--yeast in the back. A fluffy head fills the glass and laces it very nicely. Instantly warm in the mouth all the way down to my gut. Flavors of mild chocolate and sugary brandied fruits--similar to the aroma. Presence of carbonation helps speed the warmth--which lingers quite a bit. This is a strong beer. Drinkability is low due to the aggressive warmth. Good for those chilly nights when you just can't wrap up in enough blankets.

LunaChick, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of prototypic
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%

Kudos to csmiley for the brew.

Appearance: It's clear and golden brown in color. Head is foamy white and about two fingers deep. Retention was actually good although lacing was light and spotty. Nothing to get too excited about.

Smell: The nose is very underwhelming. It's extremely difficult to pick up much of anything. There's a noticeable yeasty aroma that overpowers everything else. It's a little spicy smelling, primarily clove with perhaps a bit of pepper. Alcohol is surprisingly not noticeable. That's a wrap folks. Disappointing.

Taste: The flavor is merely average. It's yeasty and a bit spicy. Actually only the clove spice is noticeable in taste. It's actually the only going for this beer. There are some light citrusy notes present. Mostly lemon. It is a little sweet. Again, alcohol is not noticeable in taste and that's very surprising for this beer. Honestly, it's one of the few positive aspects of this one.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and feels too thin. It lacks a creamy smooth feel. Carbonation is okay, but it's not enough to bump it up. Drinkability is pretty limited. I don't like the flavor, but it's pretty drinkabile for a 10% beer. That's something, isn't it?

This is a disappointing beer. I wanted to like it and I certainly tried. I just can't get there. Suffice it to say it needs a lot of work.

prototypic, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of DmanGTR
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

A - Poured a clear orange amber with a frothing white 2.5" head that towered over the tulip. A swirl with the last bit in the bottle brought upon much sediment to bring cloudiness to the glass. Good retention, little lace.

S - Orange peels, coriander, white grapes, wheat, and a light biscuity yeast aroma

T - Malty sweetness mixed with hints of vanilla and somewhat estery. A light hops in the finish. Very little alcohol detected while cold but as it warmed, the complexities came out

M - medium bodied with a balanced amount of carbonation

D - decent, but the high alcohol would catch up to you. Drinkablility decreases with temperature

Overall - For a cheaper buy this is very good! A good Belgian tripel interpretation. Has a hoppy kick in the finish but it works well in this one. I had this one straight from the fridge to see how it warms up while drinking and it is a good change in the experience. No freshness date on it but believe it would have a decent shelf life. I thought my bottle was pretty mellowed out and decently complex already so it may have been bottled a little over a year and a half ago. Would love another to age.

DmanGTR, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of orcasteve
3.2/5  rDev -13%

slightly sour, and mildley sweet, but bland from start to finish, for the color that this one poured i thought that it had real potenshel, but it is just average. i dont hate thiss one but i am in no hurry to have anouther one eather. altho the after taste grows on you. i think this one would be better with age

orcasteve, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of largadeer
2.3/5  rDev -37.5%

Appearance: A hazy amber body with three fingers of white foam. This stuff is intensely carbonated - a torrent of rising bubbles keeps the head going for what seems like forever.

Smell: Spicy and sweet with an almost over the top clove aroma and a bit of soap beneath that.

Taste/mouthfeel: Good God, this is cloyingly sweet. Sugary as hell with an almost excessive spiciness. Clove, nutmeg and coriander with a refined white sugar sweetness is how I'd describe this. Light bodied, slightly overcarbonated and horribly sweet. If you enjoy eating sugar packets you may enjoy this. Personally, I think I'll grab something drier.

largadeer, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of Kraken
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20 oz Harp Pint glass. This thing is like a porn star, head that wont quit. 3 Fingers of beer 5 fingers of head, this is with a gentle pour mind you. Nose is alcohol, slight floral and Belgian yeast. Head is massive rocky, slightly off white, with a tremendous staying pour and moderate lacing. Appearance is a dark amber. Its going to be awhile before I can finish pouring this much less taste.

Smooth slightly sweet and tart on the tongue. Hints of citrus. Very nice, lightly malted, yeasty esters, at the close. Carbonation keeps this fairly light for a 10% abv. Alcohol is well hidden, although it begins to show its heat at the end. This is a very fine example of the style. Mouthfeel is full, although drinking more then 2 would begin to diminish flavor returns. Very tasty.

Kraken, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of claytri
4.6/5  rDev +25%

The beer pours a nice light amber with a good head that's whiteisn with amber highlights. The aroma is a burst of sweet malt and caramel. The taste starts off with a big sweet malt, then gives you some banana, caramel, and vanilla. Finally it closes with a cleansing burst of hops. The feel is medium with a slight oilieness. This one really caught me off guard. RH normally is a little higher on hops than I enjoy, but here they used more hops than you usually see in a trippel, but the really hit the mark with it. This is one that I will be buying more of.

claytri, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%

Pours a five+ finger (pour slowly) white head that fades slowly and leaves traces of lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Cider nose. Flavor is sweetish cider and fruit. High ABV is hidden, nice tripel. $2.45 for a 12oz bottle from Yankee Spirits South Attleboro, Ma.

jdhilt, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of alexgash
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%

12 oz. bottle.

Abundant carbonation required a very patient, careful pour. A nice looking beer when all said and done. Clear, clean dark golden to copper body sits beneath a finger of gauzy, pillowy, off-white head. Big fruity esters on the nose. Fruit cocktail, pineapple, bananas, pomegranates, concord grapes. Perhaps a dash of vanilla and pepper. Very pleasant smelling tripel.

Heady tropical fruit sweetness at the front of the palate. Sugary and juicy. Plenty of estery bananas and cloves. Stays sugary as some toasted grains and hints of pepper and vanilla come in. Slight alcohol bite/warmth in the finish. Lingering sugary fruits. Overcarbonated, fizzy mouthfeel is a power-down. Won't let the beer stay on my tongue! Too bad, because this is a tasty tripel.

alexgash, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of Rudgers73
2.42/5  rDev -34.2%

Poured into my Hennepin goblet.

There is a decent 2 inches of head that initially sits atop a strange colored tripel. It is an amber, dark honey color. It is also crystal clear. This has already brought me to a tough choice: Do I rate this beer on what it tastes like, smells like, etc. or do I judge it on the standard of a typical Belgian Tripel? The head falls to a retentive chunky layer about an inch thick. I've made my decision to rate it against a true Belgian Tripel...
They have the nose about right. Sticky sweet and smooth. Mellow yeast and ripe fruit. C02 and bittering hops (saaz?) Cookie dough sweetness. On to the taste.

Doesn't really taste like a tripel at all. It is very coarse, one dimensional, and hot. Burnt candi sugar, artificial sweetener, more like a high octane red ale. They need to work on their hop and yeast integration to make this a round an balanced beer like a good tripel should be. It's too harsh for anything delicate to permeate from the beer. Where is the delicate bready malt, the sweet citrus, and the cloves? This is just a strong beer made with candi sugar.

Not so awesome.

Rudgers73, May 19, 2008
Photo of csmiley
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%

A - Pours gold in color. Head was minimal topping out at less than a quarter inch. Retention was just below average. Lacing was average.

S - Biscuit and wheat start the nose off. Honey comes in about midway. Finishing off the smell is some caramel and alcohol. Very light aroma overall.

T - More biscuit and wheat in the flavor but some sweetness creeps in quickly behind it. Honey and caramel come to mind. The tail end has an alcohol wollop mixed with hints of yeast. Flavor is light overall.

M - Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Finish is sweet and goes away quickly. Smooth for a 10% beer.

D - Drinkability is about average. Most characteristics of this beer are bland but it somehow still has enough flavor to keep me remotely interested. At 10%, it goes down easy. Unfortunately, this is just not what I look for in a tripel.

csmiley, May 16, 2008
Photo of John_M
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

With the new owners/brewer at River Horse, I kind of expected a bit more from this. It was OK, but I have to confess it was one of the more uninspired Belgian style Tripels I've had. On tap at Mahaffey's the other night.

The beer pours a yellowish gold color, with fair at best head retention and pretty much no lacing. On the nose I get some sweetness, but not much else. There are no off aromas, but this beer does not smell very impressive. On the palate this beer is even less impressive. The beer is medium bodied; it tastes sweet, but is very simple and one dimensional. Frankly, I found this beer pretty boring. At least the alcohol is pretty well disguised, but there was nothing about this beer that would make me want to buy it again.

A disappointment....

John_M, May 04, 2008
Photo of wcudwight
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

Received from Kennyo.
Auburn in color but it's missing the Belgian sized head. In fact not much of a head at all, nor lace, nor carbonation.
Nice aroma. Vanilla bean and banana. It's a nice combination. The aroma is missing the umph of the style but it's still very pleasant.
Good flavor of banana, juicy fruit gum, and apricots. It still lacks the power as typical for the style but is tasty.
Full slick, smooth mouthfeel. Lacking in carbonation. Dry finish.
Good beer. Not a top Triple but a good beer to have from time to time. River Horse should be proud of Triple Horse.

wcudwight, May 02, 2008
Photo of AltBock
3.35/5  rDev -9%

12 oz. bottle that has a label of a monk telling the consumer to hush it up. If you don't, he's going to whip out that sword that's on his back.

When poured into a Snifter, the River Horse brew is a bright golden orange with a head of white foam that was about 1/2 inch in height. The retention was OK, but it did manage to leave behind a small island of white bubbles, foamy white rings, and a spot or two of lace. The aroma was mild with citrus fruits, citrus hops, cloves, and fruity esters. If it's swirled around a nice sized aroma of ripe banana will emerge from the background. The taste strated off with citrus fruits and fruity esters. After the esters have passed, in comes banana, cloves, citrus hops, and alcohol infused with citrus flavoring. It was a medium bodied beer with a faint aftertaste of yeast, cloves, and citrus hops. It however mask it's high 10% ABV. Not the best Belgian Triple, but it is a decent American one. It's one of the better River Horse beers.

AltBock, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours from the 12 oz. bottle a burnt orange/amber color with a head that is rather small for a Belgian. The head settles quickly (due to the 10% abv?) into a modest collar that sticks to the glass. I don't get much of the vanilla esters in the aroma, i'm reminded more of a the aroma of peach Jolly Rancher candy. VERY sweet aroma, decent carbonation. Taste isn nowhere near as sweet as the aroma (thank goodness). Slight hint of the peachy/vanilla aroma with a sharp dry spiciness. There's a kind of peppery bitterness on the end and in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat sparkly. All in all, an interesting Tripel. Not anywhere near the best i've had of the style, but not something i'd turn away from. I'm gonna have to age one of these & do a comparison.

CJfromPhilly, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

First-ever brew from River Horse - a brewery located in my home state of NJ... Nice, lucid, clear appearance with a decent frothy head that soon tapered off... smell was somewhat non-descript, although a sweet, honey-laden aroma with alcohol esters was certainly noticeable... very rich, ultra-sweet taste replete with caramel, vanilla, honey, and candied sugars is present along with a strong, undeniable alcohol presence with a noticeable 10% ABV... the strong alcohol content makes itself known... decent mouthfeel, and only average drinkability due to the strong alcohol presence which rides the tongue and doesn't let go... otherwise, candied sugars, vanilla, and phenols are depicted... certainly not the best representaion of the style, but not the worst either... an above average brew but certainly not above and beyond... all in all, worth a try...

dsa7783, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of PEBKAC
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

I purchased this bottle sometime in the summer from a local C-Town supermarket really not known to carry much craft beer. The store manager was really excited to notice someone perusing around his little dedicated stack of bottles, & had no problem breaking more then a couple sixers for me to sample. I would should shop there more often if I still lived as close as I use to. I couldn't tell how old the bottle was, but the shelves were bulging with stuff, & it was devoid of much dust, so it was fresher then most beer. This is the only place in Queens & the few places in Manhattan that I shop, that I've seen this particular brewery for sale. I wonder.

I pour this volunteer for the first time, into my Dogfish Chalice. This sucker has been on my bookshelf for well over a year, & has seen no action whatsoever. Not owning many books, I've taken to filling the empty space with glass & little $4 novelty toys I buy from the old guys pawning stuff on the subway. I still have a singing/dancing kung-fu hampster from 1997. Craftsmanship I tell you, craftsmanship. :P

The beer develops a soft, thinned-out eggshell-colored head about half an inch in height. Think bad combover. Figuring in how wide the chalice is, that's a strong showing. A dusty amber-brown, the bubbles look like they're late for a meeting.

At first whiff, macerated fruit like apricots, golden raisins, & banana. You feel the alcohol in your sinuses, but you don't necessarily smell it. A pinch of coriander & some sour & unripened bitter fruit fill out the wonderful scent.

A very delicate & sugar sweet pumpkin, unripened banana, & some mushy pear. All in relatively small amounts, but very delectable. After the fruit, you hit a sharp concentrated sour/sweetness, followed by a very bready middle. It closes out with a clove/coriander/alcohol solution that barely qualifies as bitter.

This beer is brewed in New Jersey. Yes, you read that right, New Jersey. Home to such things as Giants Stadium, all those "natural flavor" product factories, & ... eggplants. :P

Mouthfeel is quite lite, & when looking at the label & seeing 10%, well I just don't see it. It comes across as a ...6.8, or relatively close to that. Maybe the weak carbonation helps, I'm not sure, but why doesn't it feel syrupy? Very little aftertaste besides a touch of breadyness & remnants of the fruit. It might not work for you, but it works for me.

I think the bottle was $2, which was generous of the manager, as they don't sell singles. For 10%, being so easy, & so delicious... I think they're just flat out lying. :D

PEBKAC, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of maddogruss
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug.

A: pours a golden body with no head, but a small lacing along the top of the beer. The lacing does not coat the glass at all and dissipates about halfway through the beer.

S: A fruity, sweet smell with alcohol undertones.

T: A bittersweet taste, most likely due to the mix of the sweet malts and fruits with the burning alcohol taste. Alcohol is also evident in the aftertaste as well as some fruity, citrus notes.

M: Refreshing, crisp, and very smooth, like velvet. Nice mouthfeel.

D: Not too drinkable. The malts and the citrus taste and smell are excellent, but the alcohol takes a little bit from the beer. The burning sensation on the palette takes a little bit from the taste, but still a decent session beer. I do not think I would be able to handle too many of these just because of it.

maddogruss, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of kbnooshay
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%

People seem to be so harsh to the brews this place makes. This is is a fantastic brew! I think I like it almost as much as the belgian frostbite. Not much head after I poured it. The aroma is toastey and sweet; Not alcoholic at all! This is one of those beers that you can't begin to understand how it is rated at 10% alcohol. The taste is incredibly smooth and malty. The hops are lite but nice. The brown sugar/caramellish tint to the malt rocks. The mouthfeel is kinda slick and nice but by the end of the beer you mouth will be dry as shit! I could down 3 or 4 of these but i would be dead!


kbnooshay, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of DIM
1.83/5  rDev -50.3%

a: Clear golden color with a medium sized white head. A pretty lively beer, lots of ascending bubbles.

s: Alcoholic floral perfume up front. Some cinnamon, artificial sweetner and cloves.

t: This beer just tastes artificial. Sour cloves, floral perfume, and artificial sweetner. Very unpleasant.

m: Fizzy and a bit thin.

d: I didn't finish it.

DIM, Nov 21, 2007
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